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The Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Management is a degree program designed to provide preparation in management for the health care industry.

Courses in the major address current management issues and challenges confronting professionals in the health care field. Core courses provide comprehensive exposure to the foundation principles of business that are needed to manage functions common to any enterprise.


A combination of work experience in the health care field and strong business and management skills should lead to the best opportunities. Health care industry employers include medical care providers, government agencies, health maintenance organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and medical equipment suppliers. In choosing a career in health care management, your first job may be an entry- to mid-level management position in a specialized area such as:
  • Medical staff relations
  • Nursing administration
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Human resources
  • Patient care services


*• Projected industry growth of 16% through 2018• Median annual salary, May 2008: $80,240*Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018).


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Describe effective management strategies needed to achieve successful outcomes in the health care system.
  • Demonstrate achievement of business skills in the health care management areas of budgeting, human resources, strategic planning, marketing, and information technology.
  • Integrate knowledge of ethical practice and legal responsibilities into the management role in a health care setting.
  • Develop an understanding of the health care environment to include delivery models, economics, policies, risk management, global issues,and quality measurement in health care.


  • Program entry requires an associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. (Equivalent to an associate degree is defined as 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits which include at least one English composition course and one application software course). 
  • An additional 25 quarter-credits (17 semester credits) in general education and elective courses may be comprised of transfer credits, prior learning credits or courses taken at Cleary University. 
  • Students with a basic understanding of health care terminology must take the prerequisite course HCM 300: Introduction to Health Care Management.
  • BBA core and major courses must be taken through Cleary University. No transfer or substitution is permitted.

Credits Required


Required Courses

  • QTY 4320 - Quality Management

    This course will explore the interaction of quality theory and classic management theory. Students will learn how organizations use quality practices and policies in normal operations. Participants will familiarize themselves with the history and philosophy of quality and its practical application in business, industry, education, health care, and government. Different approaches to performance improvement, including models and standards, will be explored. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply these theories to improve organizational performance. The content of this course is drawn largely from materials for individuals preparing to take the ASQ Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification Examination.

  • HCM 400 - Quality Management in Heath Care

    This course surveys institutions, attitudes, and behavior related to the quality of health care in the United States. Topics studied include quality of service delivery, quality planning, physician-patient relationships, safety of health care, quality of health services research, health care evaluation and benchmarking, technology assessment, and clinical research related to quality of care.

  • ACC 2411 - Principles of Accounting I

    This introductory course examines the basic principles of accounting. Students work through the entire accounting cycle by analyzing and posting business transactions, recording adjusting journal entries, and preparing basic financial statements. Accounting systems and controls are also covered.

  • ACC 4012 - Financial and Managerial Accounting

    This course introduces fundamental concepts in financial accounting, which are used to create financial statements for external users. The focus is on the accounting cycle and financial statement preparation (primarily the income statement and balance sheet).

  • HCM 420 - Health Care Business

    Strongly current-events driven, this class focuses on such topics as access to care, cost containment, health benefit plans, health economics, utilization review, disease management, information technology, medical technology, fraud and abuse, transparency of performance, pharmacology and biotechnology, volunteerism, quality, and patient safety. The impact of these topics on the business of health care will be studied.

  • HCM 430 - Marketing Health Care Services

    This course studies the issues facing healthcare marketers including e-health, direct-to-consumer marketing, legislative developments, healthcare ROI, customer-driven health care, competition, and database marketing. Students will learn about various aspects of marketing through case analysis, development of a health care business marketing plan, and active classroom discussions.

  • HCM 440 - Health Care Informatics

    This course provides the student with an understanding of health information technology and how it is designed to support clinical and managerial decision making in health care. Emphasis will be placed on the collection, storage, retrieval, and communication of data; as well as information safeguards, ethical and legal issues, and patient safety and quality of care issues that relate to data storage and transmission. Electronic medical records models and basic hardware and software concepts are
    addressed, including the impact that this technology will have on patient care.

  • BCS 4400 - Technology and the Organization

    Today's competitive business environment requires managers at all levels to understand the role technology plays in the organization. By challenging the paradigm of how students currently view the role of technology in the organization, the student is moved to view technology as a tool to gain competitive advantages in the marketplace.

  • HCM 450 - Global Health Issues

    This course examines the effects of poverty and economic inequality on health. Major global health problems will be discussed with particular emphasis on malnutrition, AIDS, and infectious diseases. Possible solutions will be explored. The mission and performance of global health institutions will be discussed. Comparative health care systems will be studied.

  • LAW 410 - Legal Issues in Health Care

    The focus of this course is on the regulatory environment of health care including HIPAA, COBRA, Medicaid, Medicare, medical malpractice, and health care reform measures, as well as ethical theory and practice applications for the health care profession. The student will analyze trends in public policy and politics, and use case studies that focus on regulatory and ethical issues a health care professional will confront.

  • HCM 300 - Introduction to Health Care Management

    This course examines a wide variety of health care settings, from hospitals to nursing homes and clinics and will provide an introduction to medical terminology and the important issues in health care management such as ethics, cost management, strategic planning and marketing, and information technology. This course is designed for the student who has no relevant health care industry work experience and intends to earn a BBA in Health Care Management. It also serves as an introduction to this field for students who may have an interest in Health Care Management.

  • ACC 400 Accounting for Managers

    This course highlights fundamental business accounting. The focus includes the accounting cycle and financial statement preparation (primarily the income statement and balance sheet); basic cost concepts, budget preparation, and relevant cost analysis.

  • ECO 2500 - Macroeconomics

    National and international economic policies have powerful and direct effects on business operations. Business fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade are discussed in the course.

  • ENT 405 - Creativity and Innovation

    Creativity, innovation, and risk taking are essential to the success of the entrepreneur. This class will aid students in unlocking their inner potential and focus on “thinking outside the box”. Students will also learn strategies for dealing with rejection and negativity.

  • FIN 410 - Managerial Finance

    Students will receive foundation information regarding important concepts, issues, and tools needed to effectively finance and fiscally manage a business organization. Emphasis will be placed on establishing realistic start-up costs, financial planning and control, and cash flow analysis.

  • ECO 3200 - Managerial Economics

    This course provides a managerial viewpoint of macro- and microeconomic concepts that shape business environments. Macroeconomic topics include national accounts and income determination; monetary and fiscal policy; Federal Reserve System; and employment, inflation, and growth. Microeconomic topics include market structure, price theory, and supply and demand. The emphasis in this course is the business manager’s viewpoint, building an understanding of the relationship of economic theory to management practice and decision making.

  • MGT 4000 - Management Skills Seminar

    This course provides students with the tools to successfully inspire, empower, and develop people. Students will learn advanced skills in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling individuals and teams. Skill development topics such as meeting facilitation, communication, conflict management, and stress and time management will be studied. Current trends will be featured.

  • ENG 1600 - Business Composition

    Students will acquire writing skills necessary to prepare for advanced business courses. Students start at a fundamental level, beginning with an introduction to writing, moving on to writing strategies, and concluding with methods of development. This course presents writing as a means of exploring, developing, confirming, and communicating ideas. Students will apply the basic principles of language structure and become more familiar with APA documentation.

  • MTH 330 - Analysis for Business

    This course provides a general understanding of basic statistical analysis for business. Areas of study include probability, random variable, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation, and regression.

  • FIN 2000 - Introduction to Business Finance

    Students will understand financial terms, financial statements, financial ratios, and how they affect the operations of a business corporation. This course is meant to be an introduction to finance and accounting for all students who may have budget, profit and loss responsibilities, and intend to contribute to the financial success of their companies. This is a basic finance course for students aspiring to be entrepreneurs and non-financial professionals.

  • BAC 3000 - Business Research and Communication

    This course introduces the transfer student to academic resources: distance technology; project-based learning; working in teams; academic policies, processes and expectations; and the accelerated learning environment. Cleary’s online environment is introduced and explained. Students learn how to use electronic resources to conduct research, analyze findings, and report results in written and oral form. The research and writing processes are introduced and used to create academic papers and business reports. Plagiarism and academic ethics are discussed and students learn how to properly acknowledge research sources using APA format. Students learn to make effective formal presentations for local and remote audiences.

  • MGT 340 - Managing Projects and Processes in Organizations

    This course is designed to provide basic project management skills with a strong emphasis on issues and problems associated with delivering successful application projects. The course will address the particular issues encountered in handling projects and will offer students methods, techniques, and hands-on experience in dealing with successful project completion.

  • PJT 491 - Professional Project I

    This course allows a student to complete an individualized project on a topic selected and planned with the faculty mentor. Preference is given to selecting topics that solve problems or make contributions for the students’ employers by applying business concepts students learned in their majors. Project types may include: a new venture or product plan, a process or product improvement, or an analysis of a significant workplace problem. PJT 491 is designed to complete five important goals: (1) identify the problem statement or topic, (2) write the problem (topic) description, (3) write the project plan, (4) begin the literature review, and, (5) plan and begin gathering information or data needed to support project development. Some project types will follow different goals that the faculty mentor and student will create. The student and the mentor engage in discussions regarding possible topics for the Professional Project. The discussions should focus on the background experiences and academic major of the student. Upon selection of a topic, discussions shift to the mechanics of constructing the series of drafts that lead to the final document required for PJT 491. PJT 491 is a required class. Students must earn a final grade of C or better to move to PJT 492.

  • PJT 492 - Professional Project II

    PJT 492 builds upon the work completed in PJT 491 and involves data analysis, evaluation of alternatives, development of recommendations, and writing the project report. The student begins to present the results/findings of the research conducted. A draft of all inferences made from the data is presented, as are any charts and/or tables that support those inferences. PJT 492 will address two important goals: (1) interpret and discuss the findings of the research and (2) understand and apply recommendations and conclusions to the quantitative research. Successful completion of PJT 492 requires a C grade or higher.

  • LAW 3200 - Business Ethics and Legal Issues

    This course provides an understanding of the body of legal principles that govern the structure and conduct of business organizations. This survey course covers such topics as the legal environment of business, regulatory environments affecting business, business-to-business relationships, and business ethics and social responsibility.

  • MGT 4200 - International Business

    This course stresses the synergy/connection between environment and culture, and the strategy and functions of business management. It further provides an overview of the functions of business in an international context. Basic economic principles are studied in international markets including micro- and macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policies, and banking. Factors affecting foreign trade and multinational business are explored, especially the various social, political, technical, and economic complexities of doing business in foreign countries.

  • MKT 4150 - Interactive Marketing

    This course explores marketing principles combined with Web-based strategies in an effort to reach customers and build individual relationships. Tools such as electronic advertising, direct e-mail, and electronic commerce are studied. Value analysis will be used to determine the individual customer’s contribution to profit, Web metrics, and analysis of buyer behavior.

  • MTH 1800 - Introduction to Business Statistics

    The ability of students to enhance their capacity to gather and analyze meaningful data using a variety of statistical techniques, is essential to business success. Topics include graphical and numerical descriptive methods for describing data, such as frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, and dispersion.

  • MTH 3440 - Quantitative Business Analysis

    This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the critical thinking skills used in statistical analysis. Areas of study include probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation, and regression.